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New Mexico Land Conservancy

Helping people conserve the places they love.


Conservation easements protect:


Helping ensure that our watersheds remain whole and healthy – filtering and replenishing – and that precious, life-giving rivers, streams and other water flows are protected.


Helping protect the natural resources that wildlife depend on: water, habitat, and open space for their migratory corridors and flyways. After all, wildlife – and nature, in general – doesn’t recognize property lines!

Working Lands    

Helping ranchers and farmers keep their properties whole and their heritage preserved, providing food and protecting New Mexico’s open space for public benefit.

Our Vision: One Million Acres Conserved!

Goal: 1,000,000 acres by 2030!

343,645 total acres conserved!

Land Conservation protects water, too!

Land conservation can play a critical role in ensuring that our watersheds remain whole and healthy. New Mexico Land Conservancy efforts  have led to:

Conservation of:

of seasonal and perennial waterways

.. . . and an additional:

acres of wetlands
Total acres as of January 1, 2022



Conserving land. Preserving heritage.

Our goal is to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

For Love of the Land

Latest News

Get the Water Off the Road!

Roads are one of the biggest impediments to our watersheds. They collect, concentrate and divert the original natural surface flow-patterns, causing erosion, down-cutting and accelerating sediment contribution into the mainstream system. Steve Carson explains how to get the water off the road.

A Major Win for Conservation in San Juan County

In a major win for private land conservation, the 12,451-acre B Square Ranch near Farmington, NM, was protected in perpetuity from subdivision and future development by two conservation easements, completed by and donated to the New Mexico Land Conservancy by landowner, Tommy Bolack, earlier this month.

Stephen Fowler’s New Mexico Monitoring Adventure

Our summer stewardship intern this year, Stephen Fowler, has a keen photographic eye, particularly for wildlife, which he has a talent for sneaking up on with his camera. Enjoy this photographic tour, taken by Stephen while monitoring the 110 conservation easements we hold throughout the state.

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